A selection of headlines from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it’s all perfectly clear to the native speaker.


Film buffs will grasp the meaning of the headline ‘Eagle Has Landing’ in the Daily Mirror. It refers to a story about an eagle which flew into a jet airliner’s engines as it took off, grounding a flight with 139 people on board in Sitka, Alaska.

The headline is a play on ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, a 1976 British war film starring Michael Caine.